The Indian car market has seen steady growth over the last couple of decades. There is a number of good car brands in India that are dominating across the world. Earlier, it was a choice between Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador and the Premier Padmini. From the 1980s, Maruti came into the picture and emerged as an industry game-changer. Maruti made the middle-class Indians start thinking that even they could own a car.
That’s how the picture remained for the next 10-12 years, except for some high-priced imported models. But then the Indian economy opened up due to the liberalization initiative of the then central government of India. Manufacturers in every industry from the other countries of the world started to establish production facilities in India. Their aim was to create a presence in the huge Indian market. And global car manufacturers were no exceptions.
Today, the Indian customer is spoilt for choice when it comes to buying a car. There a large number of manufacturers here, each with its own range of models for different price segments. Widely available car financing facilities have also made the job of owning a car much easier than before. Car manufacturers invest a substantial amount in research & development so that they can launch updated versions of the cars at regular intervals.
Maruti Suzuki remains among the top players in the Indian car market. Hyundai and Mahindra also control a fair share of the market. However, they can’t afford to be overconfident as there are several other players that are posing a tough fight.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 car brands in India who have to manufacture plant set up inside the country:
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
One of the oldest yet most popular car companies in India, the Martui Suzuki counted among the to car brands in India. From the stables of the star Indian car manufacturer, comes the Baleno – among the top selling hatchbacks. This model is equipped with the latest features like SmartPlay infotainment system, climate control, projector headlamps, Apple CarPlay, and so forth. This model is among the most suitable for couples and small families, in any location. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 5.7 lakhs.*
Hyundai Grand i10
A perfectly suitable hatchback for both city and highway rides. It’s compact, yet offers a comfortable cabin space. So, you can have a comfortable drive in this sober-looking hatchback. You can buy this beauty in both diesel and petrol options. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 6.06 lakhs.*
The Polo is among the premium options in the hatchback segment. It offers a high degree of driving comfort even in the urban Indian traffic conditions – courtesy its advanced engineering and super-efficient engine. This car also has a range of advanced safety features along with sturdy suspensions. So, driving this car is nothing but pure joy. The Polo is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 5.9 lakhs.*
The Santro was among the earliest offerings from Hyundai when they had entered the Indian market. It was a bestseller. Hyundai has made several changes to the Santro and has now made it available in a completely new avatar. The next-gen Santro is among the entry-level hatchbacks in the Indian market. It sports a classy look and offers a spacious cabin space that can seat 5 people without any discomfort. It is available in several variants, all with a petrol engine. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 5.05 lakhs.*
Hyundai Elite i20
The Elite i20 is a prized offering from Hyundai. It’s a perfect combination of style and substance. The looks are sporty and the engine provides a lot of power. Combine them with plus interiors, rear a.c. vents, up to six airbags, and rear parking camera – and you have got a winner in your garage. The large touch screen with Arkamys sound will add on to your driving comfort. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 7.37 lakhs.*
The vehicle division of the Tata Group is as adept in making commercial vehicles as it is in passenger cars. Tiago is a perfect example of the latter. It’s sleek, it’s compact, and it is powerful. That makes this elegant model among the fastest-selling hatchback in the Indian car market. It comes in both the petrol and diesel versions and is well-equipped in both the comfort and safety departments. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 4.7 lakhs.*
The Dzire is among Maruti’s, and India’s, best-selling sedan cars. This car comes with all the attributes of Maruti Suzuki – comfort, safety, and fuel economy. The 1.2L capacity engines are capable of churning out a substantial power. And looks-wise it is quite attractive as well. Available in the petrol version, the ex-showroom price starts from Rs 5.89 lakhs.*
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Another star from Maruti Suzuki, the sedan is of a classic design with a huge cabin space that ensures a comfortable seating experience. The powerful air-conditioner and wide armrests also add on to it. The Ciaz also scores high on the fuel-economy parameter. Thus, it is a winning proposition for the buyer. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 8.3 lakhs.*
The Honda City is among the most beautiful-looking sedans in the Indian car market, as per customer feedback. This car ensures good mileage along with premium level comfort. The City brings with several advanced features that add both comfort and safety to the car, e.g. the paddle shifts, ABS, digital instrument system, etc. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 9.9 lakhs.*
The Nexon is an elegant-looking SUV from the Tatas. It creates quite an impact with is classy exteriors, spacious cabin space, solid build, latest accessories, etc. The competitive pricing, ivory-white roof color option, and the choices for neon-touch ups on the higher variants make this car a must-have for enthusiasts. The Nexon is one of the best passenger vehicles that the Tata Group has produced till now. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 9.8 lakhs.*
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This is one Tata vehicle that has a commanding presence, to say the least. This is an SUV but for all practical purposes, its functions are no less than an MPV. True to the tradition of Tata Motors, this car swears by compact designing externally. And inside, it’s more than just comfort. Leather upholstery, all-row air conditioning, JBL audio system with 10 speakers – it all spells luxury. It comes with a 6-speed transmission and also has options for four-wheel drive. Overall, it is as close to a holistically supreme, value-for-money, and impactful car as one can be. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 13.7 lakhs.*
Ford Figo Aspire
Ford vehicles have always been a perfect combination of utility and comfort. The Figo Aspire is a step ahead, in the sense that – even lower variants have lots of features that might have been present in only upper-end variants of other manufacturers. So, go for this car if you are looking for a top-class sedan with a range of features – without burning a big hole in your pockets. Side and curtain airbags, 6.5-inch touch screen, emergency assist facility via sync 3 technology – all these make this sedan among the best options in its category. The ex-showroom price starts from Rs 6.6 lakhs.*
By now, you must have got a fair idea of the car models that are among the most popular and successful in India now. Before making a decision to buy one, have a detailed discussion with the company’s representatives in addition to demonstrations and test drives. Calculate your budget outlay – and become a proud owner of any of these beauties!
List of top 12 Car Brands in India
|SL. NO.||Brand Name||Mileage||Transmission||Engine|
|1||Hyundai Grand i10||18.9 kmpl||Manual||1197 cc|
|2||Maruti Suzuki Baleno||19.56 to 21.96 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1197 cc|
|3||Volkswagen Polo||18 km/l combined||6-speed automatic, 5 & 6-speed manual||1.0 L 3-cylinder|
|4||Hyundai Santro||20.3 to 30.48 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1086 cc|
|5||Hyundai Elite i20||18.6 kmpl||Manual||1197 cc|
|6||Tata Tiago||23.84 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1199 cc|
|7||Maruti Dzire||23.26 to 24.12 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1197 cc|
|8||Maruti Ciaz||20.04 to 20.65 kmpl||Manual and Torque Converter||1462 cc|
|9||Honda City||17.4 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1497 cc|
|10||Tata Nexon||21.5 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||1497 cc|
|11||Tata Hexa||17.6 kmpl||Manual/Automatic||2.2L DW12 Varicor I4 diesel|
|12||Ford Figo Aspire||18.5 to 24.4 kmpl||Manual||1194 to 1499 cc|